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Brain Injuries Cause For Concern In Baseball Too

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Reports show former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel, who took his own life last year, suffered from a degenerative brain disease. Injuries like that are usually associated with the hard knocks of football. Host Michel Martin talks with sports writer Pablo Torre about the prevalence of brain injuries in other sports.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Honorable William F. Hagarty on the Benefits of Exercise, December 1931

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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“May heaven speed the day when the length and breadth of our United States shall be peopled with men and women, and boys and girls, solely by those of this type: strong bodied, true hearted, big souled patriots, athletes all for the land they love and the God they worship.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NSA Spying; Obamacare Updates; Making Better Decisions; Soccer in the Bronx

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A federal judge says that NSA's collection of phone data is probably unconstitutional. Siobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for the Wall Street Journal discusses the implications. Plus: the latest on Obamacare; Noreena Hertz on her new book Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World; Daniel Campo on his book The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned; and whether city subsidies should go toward a new soccer team and stadium in the Bronx.

Why, In A Team Sport, Does Only One Win The Heisman?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the winner, and how peculiar it is that one of the country's biggest athletic prizes goes to an individual, when football is a team sport.

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Florida State QB Jameis Winston Wins Heisman Trophy

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Winston, the country's top-rated passer who led his team to college football's title game in his first season, was named the nation's best collegiate player. The award came just nine days after a Florida prosecutor announced that Winston would not be charged in the alleged rape a of a female student.

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Some Young Athletes May Be More Vulnerable To Hits To The Head

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Student athletes know they need to avoid concussions. But hits that don't cause concussion symptoms can affect the brain, too. Researchers are now trying to figure out who is most at risk from those smaller hits, and if they can be warned in advance.

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Just How Unfair Is The U.S.'s World Cup Draw?

Sunday, December 08, 2013

What's the best way to pick a sport's ultimate champion? Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the fickle nature of competitions, from the World Cup to the NFL playoffs to college football playoffs.

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An 'Accidental Activist,' And England's World Cup Hope

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson talks about a rising star in soccer who could turn things around for England in the 2014 World Cup, and a Bahraini woman who calls herself an "accidental activist."

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World Cup 2014 Draw Is Set: U.S. Will Face Germany, Portugal, Ghana

Friday, December 06, 2013

Currently the world's No. 14 team, the U.S. must finish in the top two among Germany (No. 2), Portugal (No. 5) and Ghana to advance. Another group will pit England against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. The tournament begins in Brazil in June.

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Prosecutor: No Charges Against FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Seminoles QB and Heisman trophy front-runner has been facing allegations that he sexually assaulted a female FSU student in December 2012, prior to his college career.

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Steelers Coach Fined $100,000 For Interfering With Play

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Mike Tomlin says he takes full responsibility for stepping onto the field during a kickoff return by the Ravens' Jacoby Jones.

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Hand Wringing in Yankee-Land as Ellsbury Heads to New York

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Yankees are reported to have made a major move Tuesday by acquiring star Red Sox center-fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, signing him to a seven-year deal worth $153 million.

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To Liven Up NFL Pregame Shows, Take A Cue From 'The View'?

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Sunday pregame shows feature interchangeable ex-players and ex-coaches saying the same banal things, one after another. But on female-centered shows, observes Frank Deford, the hosts actually argue, hash things out, laugh and generally behave like flesh-and-blood human beings.

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Seahawks Fans Cause Earthquake, Set Noise Record

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

During Seattle's 34-7 win over New Orleans, the home team's fans went wild. They stomped so hard that a nearby seismometer's needle moved. Meanwhile, the noise at CenturyLink Field was louder than a jet engine.

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Soundcheck

Stax Records; Lucy Wainwright Roche Plays Live; The Loudest Stadiums In Football

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

In this episode: Stax Records built a soul music empire, but Memphis music historian Robert Gordon says it was more than a record label: Stax provided a refuge from the racial tensions roiling the South in the 1960's.

Then, songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche -- the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche -- stakes out her own territory on There’s A Last Time For Everything, a new album that features a collaboration Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, and a cover of Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend." Hear her perform in the Soundcheck studio, with her mom.

And, this season, the NFL teams in Kansas City and Seattle are battling for the title of “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium,” after a Chiefs game recently topped 137 decibels. We delve into it with The New York Times' Joyce Cohen and Chiefs super-fan Ty Rowton -- a.k.a. “X-Factor” -- who helped organize fans to break a decibel-record at the NFL team’s home, Arrowhead Stadium.

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Loud and Proud (And Dangerous?): The Battle Over Decibels In The NFL

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs fans and Seattle Seahawks fans are vying for the title of being the loudest football stadiums. But is louder really better? 

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Ted Williams: A Perfectionist Ballplayer With Many Demons

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The hitter had a swing so pure and flawless that Mickey Mantle would watch him take batting practice. But he was also a tormented soul who hurt a lot of people, including himself. Ben Bradlee Jr. delivers a deeply personal account of Williams' life in The Kid.

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Adidas To Unveil Design Of World Cup Ball

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Sports equipment and apparel company Adidas on Tuesday unveils the soccer ball to be used during next year's World Cup in Brazil. A contest was held to name the ball. The winning name: Brazuca.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football

Monday, December 02, 2013

Nicholas Dawidoff talks about spending a year with the New York Jets—from early-morning quarterback meetings to late-night conversations. In Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football he describes the Combine, the draft, the practices, and the strategy meetings. He profiles the Jets' polarizing head coach, Rex Ryan, the general manager, the coaches, players like the cornerback Darrelle Revis, quarterback Mark Sanchez, and the safeties, linebackers, cornerbacks, and enthusiastic rookies who play the game.

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A Big Week For NBA News

Sunday, December 01, 2013

The Cavaliers made a first round draft pick; the Eastern Conference is tanking but the Western Conference has only two bad teams; and Nets Coach Jason Kidd earned a free timeout by spilling soda on the court. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca for his take on the NBA's week.

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